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Profile: 1 topic, 100 books

Linguist David Crystal, author of over 100 books on the English language, explains the value of cornering a niche, to Tobias Sales

While most are struggling to see their first nonfiction book in print, world-renowned linguist David Crystal has seen his figure exceed double digits. To date, David has written over 100 books. This is, of course, an incredible feat in itself but it becomes even more astonishing when you realise that every book is based around the same subject: the English language.

One hundred books. One subject. One question: how does he do it?

‘Choose a topic that you really want to write about,’ he advises, ‘one that has engaged your curiosity.’

Most people possess some intense interest, a passion; for David, this is evidently the English language, of which he is clearly very enthused: ‘Whatever English was like yesterday, it is different today, and will be different tomorrow. Trying to keep tabs on such a beast is a wonderful incentive.’

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